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Huaxiagnathus (Wikimedia Commons)


Huaxiagnathus (Chinese/Greek for "Chinese jaw"); pronounced HWAX-ee-ag-NATH-us


Plains of Asia

Historical Period:

Early Cretaceous (130 million years ago)

Size and Weight:

About 6 feet long and 75 pounds



Distinguishing Characteristics:

Large size; long fingers on hand; probably feathers

About Huaxiagnathus:

Huaxiagnathus towered over the other "dino-birds" that have been discovered in the famous Liaoning fossil beds of China; at six feet in length, this theropod was significantly larger than more famous feathered kin like Sinosauropteryx and Compsognathus, and had correspondingly longer, more grasping hands. As with many Liaoning discoveries, a near-complete specimen of Huaxiagnathus, lacking only the tail, has been found preserved across five large slabs of stone.
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